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Loblaw Baby & You

Calling all moms and dads…I’d like to invite you to join me in a great parenting community sponsored by Loblaw Companies. We already love their baby products and Joe Fresh clothing; now we can come together on Facebook and join in on conversations and savings with other parents.

PROMOTIONS & SAVINGS

Visit the Baby & You Facebook community and be sure to ‘Like’ the page. From there you can do all sorts of things including accessing valuable savings and promotions. You can also search for a Loblaw store nearest you and view the applicable flyer for news on sales and savings.

Stop by the Exclusive Savings section to find coupons and deals that will help save your family money.

CHAT WITH LIKE MINDED PARENTS

I love the interactive community that’s part of Baby & You. Join in on the discussion with other parents who are navigating through the ups and downs of parenting too. Visit the Mom Talk and Baby Talk sections to hear from featured mom bloggers talking about the trials and tribulations of motherhood.

Share and view photo of your cute little bundle of joy and participate in polls concerning topics of interests to parents. For example, did you know that 69 of 87 people asked go to dinner and movie on a date night with their partner? Find out more fun facts like this and share your opinion in the Questions section.

ONLINE IS THE WAY TO GO FOR NEW PARENTS

There’s nothing like an online community full of people in the same boat. Picture this, its 2 a.m. and you can’t get your baby back to sleep after their night-time feed. You’re in the mood for some conversation but you’re sure not going to wake your partner. Hop online and join the Baby & You group and get instant access to parents who are likely experiencing the same thing as you!

I hope to see you there!

Disclosure – I am participating in the Baby and You program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of Loblaw Companies. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.

City Mom

London Votes 2010: Part I

We have a job to do London: on Monday October 25th, 2010 we will determine who will serve as the city’s Mayor for the next four years.  The election includes that opportunity to choose the City Council and School Board Trustees at the same time.  Are you going to exercise your right to vote? Are you going to contribute to the state of our city?  Statistics show that very few of us have actually cast our votes in the past electoral races.  Why is that?  Most people jump at the opportunity to complain when there is something they don’t like, and I bet they are  the same people who don’t make it out to the polls.  Is this because we are not informed, we feel our lone vote won’t make a difference or because we don’t know whom of the candidates to choose?  I am unsure of the answer so I decided to do some research to make it a little easier.

Firstly I learned that Elections London is making it easier than ever for Londoners to have their say.  Check out the election website for voting information which provides a number of advance voting dates and other voting mediums including accessible voting for people with disabilities. One really can’t say they didn’t get a chance to vote this time around.

Secondly, I found there to be a large number of mayoral candidates (14 in total) running this year which I thought might be overwhelming for voters, but my ‘sources’ tell me that the two front-runners for mayor are Anne Marie DeCicco-Best (London’s current mayor) and mayoral candidate Joe Fontana.  So that narrows it down a bit, not that you have to choose from the two front-runners but this helps to know which campaign platforms are generating the most interest.  So how do you gather information on these two candidates?  A good place to start is their respective campaign sites: Vote DeCicco-Best and Joe Fontana for Mayor.  These sites provide a good summary of the candidate’s campaign platforms, but what about the more specific questions you have as they pertain to you and your family?  Joe Fontana encourages Londoners to stop by his campaign office at 100 Wellington Road.  Mayor DeCicco-Best is interacting with Londoners on Twitter and Facebook answering their questions and responding to comments (both candidates can be found on Twitter: @LondonsMayor and @FontanaforMayor), and both candidates are out on the streets campaigning which started-up on September 7th.  Information in regards to their public appearances can be found on their campaign sites so you will know when and where to find them if you want to.

Thirdly and lastly, I have done some of the research for you.  I had an opportunity to sit down with both candidates to ask them a number of questions concerning their 2010 campaigns as they relate to City Mom and its readers.  I have gathered a lot of good information that I think we will all find very useful in helping us make our decision.  There’s a lot of text to present so I will break it down into two separate posts that will come consecutively over the next two weeks.  Please stay tuned for London Votes Part II coming early next week.  Until then I welcome your thoughts and comments on the upcoming election.  Are you planning to vote?  What are your concerns or issues?  Will you vote on Election Day or take advantage of one of the advance voting days?  If you’re not from London, do you have an upcoming election in your city? Did you take part in the last election your city held?

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